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Monday, November 18, 2019

White Chocolate Turtle Bars

Layers of creamy white chocolate sandwiched around toasted pecans and plenty of chewy caramel. These fun homemade white chocolate turtle bar candies are quick and easy to make!

stack of white chocolate turtle bars with thick caramel center and toasted pecans piled on wood board

      Homemade candy does not have to be complicated. These fabulous turtle bars start with just a few high quality ingredients and turn out a fabulous result. They are perfect for fall or for your holiday treat trays.

       Candy has a reputation for being finicky and hard to make, but that doesn't have to be the case. They can be a quick and easy way to fill out your treat trays without more trips to the oven.

       In fact, if you can melt, stir and spread, you can make these turtle bars. The hardest part is waiting for each layer to cool before you start the next one.

pan of white chocolate next to a saucepan with melted caramel

       Luckily my kitchen stays pretty cool during this time of year. So I didn't have to wait long!

      Turtle candies traditionally have pecans held together with caramel and topped with chocolate. The flavors are absolutely fabulous together.

       I thought it would be fun to do a twist on that, but make them quicker by turning them into bars. That way there wouldn't be a bunch of individual candies to put together.

     Plus that way you can adjust the ratios of each part to match your liking. I love the caramel, so these beauties have a full pound of creamy caramel goodness inside.

pouring melted white chocolate over caramel and pecans

       Ordinarily I would have reached for milk or dark chocolate.  My brother-in-law gets migraines from chocolate though, so I settled on white chocolate so he could enjoy some.

       I used a high quality compound white chocolate for these. I would stick to something that is actual white chocolate and not a vanilla chip or other white melting product for these.

      The compound chocolate means I didn't have to temper the chocolate before spreading it. You are welcome yo use your favorite chocolate, just be sure to prep it properly for the best results.

      Even with the compound white chocolate, it seemed a little shortening was a good idea. That softens the chocolate a bit and makes it less brittle for a nice bite.

fingers holding piece of white chocolate turtle bar with pecans and caramel sandwiched between layers of white chocolate

    If you don't want to use shortening, you can leave it out. I would not recommend using butter for this particular part as the water in the butter runs the risk of seizing the chocolate.

     You can toast your pecans and start melting the caramel while the fist layer of chocolate sets. I like to toast pecans in a skillet on the stove.

       Just heat them over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until they are fragrant and a shade or two darker. Be careful not to overdo it.

close up of square of white chocolate turtle bar candy

       You can also toast pecans in the oven. Just toss them on a rimmed baking sheet and cook them at 300 F for 8-12 minutes, stirring about halfway through.

      I added a little butter to my caramel. Much like the chocolate, I wanted the caramel to be soft and chewy.

      The additional butter helps keep that soft luscious feeling I was after.  Spread the caramel and pecans over the set chocolate and you are ready to make the top!

     One more round of white chocolate gets spread and then it's just a matter of waiting for the whole thing to set.

      Cut it into small squares and enjoy! They store great at room temperature as long as you don't keep your house like a sauna.

pile of white chocolate turtle bar candies with one ready to be eaten

Tips and tricks for making turtle bars

  • Don't scorch the chocolate.
  • Heat the caramel slowly to melt it without cooking it further.
  • Love pecans? Double the amount!
  • You can use chopped pecans and just stir them right in the melted caramel if you'd like.
      What are your favorite homemade candies? We also love buckeyes, slow cooker peanut clusters and rum balls.

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Yield: 36 servings

White Chocolate Turtle Bars

White Chocolate Turtle Bars

Layers of creamy white chocolate sandwiched around toasted pecans and plenty of chewy caramel. These fun homemade white chocolate turtle bar candies are quick and easy to make!
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 25 M


  • 1 cup pecans (or more!) 
  • 1 pound white chocolate*
  • 1 Tablespoon shortening
  • 1 pound chewy caramel candy
  • 3 Tablespoons butter


How to cook White Chocolate Turtle Bars

  1. Gently toast your pecans until fragrant. This can be done in the oven or a skillet. Set aside to cool.
  2. Line a 8" square baking dish with aluminum foil.  Lightly spray with cooking spray.
  3. Gently melt half of the white chocolate and half of the shortening together. This can be done in a double boiler or a microwave in short bursts. Be careful not to scorch the chocolate. 
  4. Spread the chocolate in the bottom of the prepared batch. Chill to set.
  5. While the bottom sets, gently melt together caramel and butter over low heat. You just want to melt it together, not cook it further.
  6. Once butter is incorporated into caramel and it's soft enough to spread, make a layer of caramel over white chocolate base. Top with toasted pecans. Chill to set.
  7. Meanwhile, melt the remaining white chocolate and shortening together. Spread over the pecans and caramel. Chill to set. 
  8. Cut into squares while chilled. Serve at room temperature. 


*I used a high quality white compound chocolate. You want to use a good white chocolate that you would be happy to eat plain, preferably not white baking chips.
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Layers of creamy white chocolate sandwiched around toasted pecans and plenty of chewy caramel. These fun homemade white chocolate turtle bar candies are quick and easy to make!


  1. I’m almost jumping for giddy joy because these look sooooo GOOD! What a great addition to cookie trays too! Pure yumminess!

  2. These would make a nice hostess gift. Thank you for sharing.

  3. What a decadent treat!!! These white chocolate turtle bars look and sound so delicious. They would be fantastic on a neighbor plate. Thank you for sharing.

    1. They would be perfect for neighbor treat trays. Thank you!


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